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Is the thorn of the lime tree toxic

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Jan replied 8 years ago.

HelloCustomer

The thorns of lime trees can cause skin irritations such as rashes and blisters and a condition called phytophotodermatitis. Here is an article that describes the condition

http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/Research/Dermatitis/files/plant_rash.pdf

The thorn is not "toxic" in terms of causing a life-threatening condition but is phototoxic in that scraping the skin causes a reaction, similar to getting poison ivy http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070815153545.htm . If you are looking for relief for the irritation or pain, I recommend you visit a nearby 24 hour walk in clinic and ask the doctor how severe the reaction is and if there is a topical ointment you can use.

I hope this helped and let me know if you have any questions about the information I provided.

Jan